For weeks Sweden’s rumour mill has been churning out suspected Melodifestivalen 2016 artists (see here, here, and here for starters). Sweden’s SVT has finally separate fact from fiction by confirming the 28 acts who have made it to Europe’s glitziest and sexiest national selection. The line-up includes some of Sweden’s hottest artists, Melfest legends, as well as newcomers. Let’s take a look.

MELODIFESTIVALEN 2016: Semi-final 1 (Gothenburg)

Mimi Werner with “Ain’t No Good”

Mimi Werner is a relative of Swedish 1998 representative Jill Johnson. Mimi has just released her debut single “Forever Again”, featuring American singer Josh Jenkins. Mimi has written her song together with Göran Werner, Marcus Svedin and Jason Saenz.

Samir & Viktor with “Bada Nakna”

 


The duo were one of the break-out stars of Melodifestivalen 2015. Their song “Groupie” might have only placed eighth in the Melodifestivalen final, but it was a massive hit in Sweden, peaking at No.3 and spending 24 weeks in the chart. They had another hit with their follow-up single “Saxof*ckingfon”. Their song is written by Fredrik Kempe, David Kreuger and Anderz Wrethov.

Robin Bengtsson with “Constellation Price”

Robin Bengtsson placed third in the 2008 series of Swedish Idol, and became known for his rock style. Since 2013 he’s used the stage name B Robin and has moved in a new direction with his 2014 single “Fired”. His song is written by Bobby Ljunggren, Henrik Wikström, Mark Hole and Martin Eriksson.

Ace Wilder with “Don’t Worry”

 


Ace Wilder caused a fuss at #Melfest2014 with her song “Busy Doin’ Nothin'”. She won the jury vote but eventually Sanna Nielsen secured her Melfest victory by only two points. Ace has since released the singles “Riot” and “Stupid”. Ace has written her song herself together with Joy Deb, Linnea Deb and Anton Hård af Segerstad.

Anna Book with “Himmel för två”

Singer and TV host Anna Book will be celebrating the 30th anniversary of her first Melfest appearance, where she placed fifth with “ABC” in 1986. Anna also entered the following year with “Det finns en morgondag”, and made a comeback 20 years later in 2007 with “Samba Sambero”, where she placed ninth in the final. Anna competed on the 2006 series of Let’s Dance where she came second to Måns Zelmerlöw. Her song is written by Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Lennart Wastesson, Larry Forsberg and popular Swedish crime writer Camilla Läckberg.

Pernilla Andersson with “Mitt guld”

 


Pernilla has an accomplished music career, with eight albums to her credit. She competed at Mello 2011 with her self-written song “Desperados”. It made it as far as the Andra Chansen round where she lost to The Moniker. The song is written by Pernilla herself together with Fredrik Rönnqvist.

Albin & Mattias Andréasson with “Rik”

Albin Johnsén dominated Swedish charts with his massive hit “Din soldat” in 2014 together with Kristin Amparo. He also featured as a songwriter in Melfest 2015, co-writing (along with Måns Zelmerlöw) the Behrang Miri feat. Victor Crone song “Det rår vi inte för” (“We can’t help it”), which made it to the Andra Chansen round. Mattias Andréasson has competed in Melodifestivalen twice before. In 2009, as part of the boy band EMD, he entered with “Baby Goodbye” which placed third. He entered again as a solo artist in 2012 with “Förlåt mig” (“Forgive me”), which did not qualify for the final. They have written their song together.

MELODIFESTIVALEN 2016: Semi-final 2 (Malmö)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKmDfKv2VRc  Victor och Natten with “100%”


Up-and-coming rapper Victor och Natten is making his Melfest debut. So far he has released few singles and the song “Svin på rutin” has over 4 million streams on Spotify. The song “100%” is written by Dag Lundberg, Nicklas Lif and Jesper Lundh.

Krista Siegfrids with “Faller”

Krista represented Finland in Malmö back in 2013 with “Marry Me”. She will also host Finland’s Eurovision 2015 selection Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK) next year. She turned down Melodifestivalen last year, but is making her debut this year as the second Finn to ever compete in Melodifestivalen. This time she will sing in Swedish. Krista wrote her song herself with help of Gabriel Alares, Magnus Wallin and Gustag Svenungsson.

Molly Pettersson Hammar with “Hunger”

 


Molly Pettersson Hammar got her break on Idol 2011 where she placed fourth. She made a big impact in Melfest 2015 with her show-stopping anthem “I’ll Be Fine”, but Pettersson Hammar shockingly missed out on making the final, thought to be a result of technical issues with the controversial Melodifestivalen app. Earlier this year she released her follow-up single “Something Right”. Molly has written her song herself together with Joy Deb, Linnea Deb and Anton Hård af Segerstad.

Tommy Nilsson, Patrik Isaksson & Uno Svenningsson with “Håll mit hjärta hårt”

Tommy fronted the Swedish prog rock band Horizont in the late 1970s before joining sleaze metal band Easy Action. He placed fourth for Sweden at Eurovision 1989 with the song “En Dag” (One Day). Patrick competed in Melfest in 2006 with “Faller Du Så Faller Jag” and in 2008 with “Under mitt tunna skinn”, and in Dansk Melodi Grand Prix in 2012, where he reached the super final with “Venter”. In 2001 his album Tillbaks på ruta 1 topped the Swedish charts. In 2007 Uno reached the second chance round of Melodifestivalen with “God morgon”, but lost to Sonja Alden in the first heat. The three fellas have written their song together.

Isa with “I Will Wait”

 


At the age of 16, Isa was one of the break-out stars of Melfest 2015 with her sassy track “Don’t Stop”. She made it to the final where she placed seventh. After Melfest she released the singles, “Oh My” and “Drum & Bass“. The song is written by Mexican-American pop singer Nikki Flores together with Anton Hård af Segerstad, Joy Deb and Linnea Deb, who won the contest with “Heroes” this year.

Wiktoria with “Save Me”

19-year-old Wiktoria debuts in Melodifestivalen this year. Her song “Save Me” is written by Jens Siverstedt, Jonas Wallin and Lauren Dyson.

David Lindgren with “We Are Your Tomorrow”

 


David Lindgren has competed in Melfest twice before. In 2012 he entered with “Shout It Out” which placed fourth in the final. The following year he placed eighth in the final with “Skyline”. The song “We Are Your Tomorrow” is written by Anderz Wrethov and Gustav Efraimsson together with Sharon Vaughn, whose catalogue include “Waterline” by Jedward.

MELODIFESTIVALEN 2016: Semi-final 3 (Norrköping)

Oscar Zia with “Human”

After getting his start on the X Factor, Oscar Zia made his Melodifestivalen debut in 2013 as a backing vocalist on Behrang Miri’s song “Jalla Dansa Sawa”, which didn’t make it past the second-chance round. In 2014 he entered as a solo artist with “Yes We Can” which placed eighth in the final. Later went released his debut album I Don’t Know How to Dance. He wrote his song himself together with Maria Smith and Victor Thell. SaRaHa with “Kizunguzungu”


SaRaha is the Swedish-born, Tanzania-raised Sara Larsson, who has been making a name for herself with her take on Afropop. In the past, her song lyrics have been in Swahili, but this year she’s started recording in Swedish, with her single “Yerere” mixing up Afropop sounds with a Swedish pop sensibility. The song is written by Sara “SaRaHa” Larsson herself together with Anderz Wrethov and Arash Labaf, who represented Azerbaijan in 2009.

After Dark with “Kom ut som en stjärna”

Drag act After Dark have been performing since 1976 and will celebrate their 40th anniversary with a Mello entry. They have competed in Melfest twice before. In 2004 they entered with “La dolce vita”, which placed third in the final. They returned in 2007 with the innuendo-laden “(Åh) När ni tar saken i egna händer”, but did not progress from the semi-final. Their song is written by Sven-Inge Sjöberg, Lenart Wastesson, Larry Forsberg, Lina Eriksson, Kent Sippan Olsson and Calle Kindbom.

Lisa Ajax with “My Heart Wants Me Dead”

 


17-year-old Lisa Ajax is no stranger to the Globe Arena. Last year in that location she was crowned the winner of the 10th series of Idol. She recently released her new single, the defiant dance track “Blue Eyed Girl”. 2016 will be her Melfest debut. Her song is written by the team behind “Heroes” — Linnea Deb, Joy Deb and Anton Hård af Segerstad, who have four songs in this year’s Melfest.

Boris René with “Put Your Love On Me”

Congolese-born footballer Boris is best known as a defender for Degerfors IF, but when he’s not on the field, he is developing his career as an alternative pop singer. He released the single “Alive” in 2013. He has written his song himself together with Tobias Lundgren and Tim Larsson.

SMILO with “Weight of the World”

 


SMILO — previously known as Smajling Swedes — are a three-piece electropop group who came to Melfest via the Svensktoppen Nästa competition where they competed with “Goosebumps”. While Michael Fallon won the competition itself, SMILO were selected by the jury to get the Eurovision wildcard entry. Their song is written by Arvid Ångström, Dennis Babic, Oscar Berglund Juhola, Anton Göransson and Robin Danielsson.

Swingfly feat. Helena Gutarra with “You Carved Your Name”

American-born Swedish rapper Swingfly had a No.2 hit single with his 2011 Melfest song “Me and My Drum”. The song placed fifth in the final. He will be joined by Helena Gutarra, who reached the finals of The Voice Sverige in 2012. The song is written by Jocke Åhlund and Andreas Kleerup.

MELODIFESTIVALEN 2016: Semi-final 4 (Gävle)

Martin Stenmarck with “Du tar mig tillbaks”

 


Martin will be making his third appearance in Melfest. His first entry was in 2005 where he won with “Las Vegas” which placed 19th with only 30 points in Kyiv – Sweden’s worst score since 1992. Martin make a comeback in 2014 with “När änglarna går hem” (“When the angels go home”), which lost against Linus Svenning’s “Bröder” in the Andra Chansen round. The song “Du tar mig tillbaks” is written by Martin’s brother David Stenmarck.

Panetoz with “Håll om mig hårt”

Panetoz have members from Gambia, Ethiopia, Angola, Congo and Finland-Sweden. Their fun song “Efter solsken” (After sunshine) make it direkt till final at Melodifestivalen 2014. Their song for Melodifestivalen 2016 is written by Jimmy Jansson, Karl-Ola Kjellholm, Jakke Erixson and the band members Pa Modou Badjie, Njol Badjie and Nebeyu Baheru.

Frans with “If I Were Sorry”

 


Frans is best known in Sweden for his song “Who’s Da Man”, a tribute to Zlatan Ibrahimovic ahead of the 2006 FIFA World Cup, which he recorded aged seven. One decade on, the now teenage Frans will be making his Melfest debut. As his performance on this recent car ad shows, he’s ready for Melfest. His song is written by Oscar Fögelström, Michael Saxell, Fredrik Andersson and Frans Jeppson Wall himself.

Linda Bengtzing with “Killer Girl”

Linda Bengtzing is a Melfest legend, having previously competed in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2014. She qualified for the final four times, with her best result being fifth place in 2008 for “Hur svårt kan det va?”. In 2014 there was also an odd rumour that the BBC were considering Linda for their 2015 entry. Linda has written the song herself together with Mathias Kallenberger, Andreas Berlin and Dag Öhrlund.

Dolly Style with “Rollercoaster”

 


The bubblegum pop trio consisting of Molly, Holly and Polly were one of the favourites at Melfest this year with their effervescent tune “Hello Hi”. But while they made it to the Andra Chansen round, “Hello Hi” lost to Dinah Nah’s “Make Me (La La La)”. The trio has since had some line-up changes, with Polly, then Molly leaving earlier in the year. But like the Sugababes, they simply replaced the departed members and kept on singing. Peter Boström and Alexandra Salomonsson have co-written the song together with Thomas G:son.

Eclipse with “Runaways”

Rock band Eclipse have been around since 1999 and are known for their “melodious hair rock”. With Minus One rocking for Cyprus, could 2016 be the year of rock? The song is written by the lead singer Erik Mårtensson.

Molly Sandén with “Youniverse”

 


Molly represented Sweden at Junior Eurovision in 2006 with her song “Det finaste någon kan få”. She also competed in Melodifestivalen in 2009 with “Så vill stjärnorna” where she placed last in the final, and again in 2012 with “Why Am I Crying?”, which placed fifth. Molly has since focused on her pop career, with her latest single being “Like No One’s Watching“. The song is written by Molly herself together with Danny Saucedo and John Alexis.

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Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

Isa, Molly and Krista are all good news!
It is not fair sometimes how much talent Sweden have to select from for their entries.

U1
U1
4 years ago

Semi 2 looks really interesting, but I feel like people are overlooking David Lindgren. He’s qualified 2 out of the 2 times he’s sent songs in.

Definitely want him and Molly PH to go through. Isa, maybe. Krista, second chance tops, even if she does sing an upbeat song

yst31
yst31
4 years ago

Bookies almost never get it right before the semifinals. However, they use the popularity and the impact of the singers as well as the style and all those things.

PD: I think that bookies actually know the songs somehow, because the last year everything was too prepared for Mans.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

@Jerome: Excellent observation. I suppose Albin and Mattias, Krista, Molly P.H., Oscar, Saraha, Dolly Style, Eclipse and Molly S. (all with one-word song titles) are the ones to watch, no?

Here’s a thought: Who will sing last in each of the semifinals? I have yet to hear a segment of any song, but as a raw guess, I’d say Ace, Isa, Oscar and Molly S. will sing last. The first 3 were finalists in the past (Ace losing by 2 points in 2014), and Molly S. is so far the odds-on favorite.

CookyMonzta
CookyMonzta
4 years ago

This ought to be fun. I’ll stick with Ace for the win, but Molly Sandén looks to be a good bet to steal it. @Mario: With Krista, Molly P.H. and Isa, viewership for the 2nd semifinal in Malmö (on TV and on the Web) will be off the charts. This is definltely the Group of Death, and I wouldn’t be surprised if all 3 clean up the Direkt till Final/Andra Chansen spots. Everyone else can go home. That 4th semi (in Gävle), with Martin, Panetoz, Linda, Dolly Style and Molly S. should be quite competitive. Ratings could be just as… Read more »

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

Mark W: The first time we hear the songs in full is during the semi-final performances, in February.

Bookies don’t need to have heard the songs to set odds. Odds are calculated on information like the popularity of the artist, the track record of the songwriter, etc. Yeah, it’s risky to bet on a song without having heard it, but that’s the kind of risk that a season bettor takes.

At this stage, it’s even possible to bet on the winner of Eurovision and in most cases we don’t even have an artist let alone a song.

Mark W
Mark W
4 years ago

This might seem like a stupid question, but when do we get to hear these songs? Also how can the bookies make odds without knowing the songs? Sorry if I sound stupid I’m fairly new to all this Eurovision stuff.

Melissa J
4 years ago

This lineup is amazing! I really can’t wait for Melfest this year. I think we’re gonna have a lot of great songs this year. And Krista singing in SWEDISH?! Oh, I might just die! It’s too awesome! I wonder who she’ll handle hosting UMK AND competing in Melfest? I think they overlap a little….

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

Isn’t it somewhere around the same time they announce the slogan and logo like late january/february?

lily
lily
4 years ago

Yes @ Olly the swede! I think it’s becoming pretty clear.. Just wondering if anybody knows when they usually presents the host?

anonymouse
anonymouse
4 years ago

Can’t wait!!! Rooting for Ace, Isa and both Mollys. Semi-Final 2 is going to be very interesting (depending how good the songs.

@Darren, Kristas’ mum is Swedish so I think that’s why she was probably allowed to take part.

Darren
Darren
4 years ago

Everyone’s pictures just look like a H&M advertising campaign 😛 A good looking line up, but Im annoyed with Krista Siegfrids in the running, I wasnt a fan of hers in Malmo and it annoys me when people represent countries that they are not from (unless Krista has Swedish blood somewhere then it is ok)

As long as it is not Dolly Style, I would be happy with anyone of them really.

conor
conor
4 years ago

really happy to see one of the members of dolly style alexandra salomonsson (holly) co-write the song. hoping to see them do well.
i think this year is between ace and molly sanden and possibly samir & viktor considering how popular they are.

Olly the Swede
Olly the Swede
4 years ago

Wow, I must that this a very strong line-up for Melodifestivalen this year! I definitely believe that a girl will win this year, and referring to the fact that Sweden has always sent an entry with only one word, I believe the winner could either be: Molly PH, Molly Sanden, Dolly Style, Ace Wilder, David Lindgren, Lisa Ajax or Krista. 🙂 Did anyone notice that none of the songs that Mans Zelmerlow has co-written for MF 2016 is featuring in the line-up? As the EBU rules state: the host(s) can’t be involved with Eurovision itself in terms of participating as… Read more »

PP
PP
4 years ago

We have 3 songs from Anderz Wrethov

PP
PP
4 years ago

Interesting in 2016 we have only 1 song from Fredrik Kempe and 1 song from Thomas Gsson. 3 songs have Linnea Deb, Joy Deb .

Ian
Ian
4 years ago

Here’s looking forward to a good show.
Hopefully it will be more than just Swedish pop or schlager.

Success
Success
4 years ago

It’s great to see Krista at Melodifestivalen. Her voice is so beautiful and she has improved so much, also her songs are better nowadays, like “On & Off” -hit.
I hope she will keep the line and forget the dingdong-thing. She has to be herself!

Also fun to have Samir & Viktor back, i hope their song will be hit like “Saxofuckingfon” which was my summer hit of the year.

YoungsterJoey
YoungsterJoey
4 years ago

Ace Wilder now looks her age.
Someone make sure Isa doesn’t get caught in strong winds.

Overall…while we don’t know the songs and may be surprise…kinda “meh” about the names. SVT doesn’t want to pull an Ireland and pull a consecutive win.

jr esc nl
jr esc nl
4 years ago

dayum!! molly peterson looks like she walked straight out of the hunger games 🙂

Anouska
Anouska
4 years ago

I love Ace, Molly S, Krista, Lisa and Isa, so I’d be happy with any of them winning.
I’m so excited to hear all the entries!

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Robyn :- I think if that was the case they would have left all the regulars out totally and just went for new blood which they have not done. Kempe, G:son and Ljunggren only have one song each and you only need one good song rather than several average or rubbish songs anyway. Also bare in mind Sweden is hosting. Regardless SVT have kept faith with the writers of the last 8 Melfest winners. The other major factor is the quality of songs from Kempe and G:son have not been high recently, in fact they have been very poor indeed.… Read more »

Ariana
Ariana
4 years ago

Go, Molly Sanden !!!!!!

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

@EugeneESCUK You might be interested in this blog from SVT’s Melfest expert. He’s saying that rather than the expert Melfest songwriter specialists of the past (Kempe, G:Son, etc), this year we’re mainly seeing general songwriters who haven’t written their songs with Melfest in mind.

It’s in Swedish, but Google Translate works well.
http://blogg.svt.se/melodifestivalen-expertbloggen/latskrivarna-2016-melodifestivalens-nasta-utvecklingssprang/

Erin
Erin
4 years ago

Linda Bengtzing or bust…is it gonna be 6th time lucky for her like it was Sanna nielsen 7th or Lena Philippson 4th (or 6th as a songwriter too)? Sweden is ready for #MILF

Jerome
Jerome
4 years ago

Look for the songs with one word in the title. Since 2011, all Mello winners had songs with one word as the name (Popular, Euphoria, You, Undo, Heroes).

Just a thought….

Denis
Denis
4 years ago

I can’t really say I look forward to any of the acts. It’s so predictable this year, as we Swedes would say a “keff” edition. Linda Bengtzing again, Anna Book(no),old geezers such as Tommy Nillson. Yawn! Where’s the thinking outside the box-entries? It’s those entries that worked for us in the past and that gave us Loreen and Måns. SVT seems stuck with standard schlager/pop entries this year. 2016 won’t be a great Mello-year it seems. Anyway, a girl will probably win this year. I would guess Ace Wilder, Molly S or Molly Petterson-Hammar. These are the frontrunners judging by… Read more »

Bruno B @ Geeky Explorer

Semi Final 2 looks INTENSE while #3 looks kind of boring!

Doorioo
Doorioo
4 years ago

Rather underwhelming….when we know what Swedish pop and rock has on offer. We get the same old veterans. Too much MF bubble thinking. Why not mando diao for instance? I hope for some rock and indie, not much schlAger. I prefer eesti laul – less glamour. And more original quality music

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

SVT stick to what they know by including the main songwriters associated with the winners of the last 8 Melfests, so lots of familiar names here. Amongst them, the writers of “Heroes” have four entries sung by Ace Wilder, Isa, Molly Pettersson Hammer and Lisa Ajax. The Debs were also involved with Robin Stjernberg’s “You” in 2013. Kempe/Kreuger who wrote “Popular” in 2011 get just one song for Samir & Viktor!! Of course Fredrik Kempe is a Melfest legend. Surprisingly G:son/Boström of “Euphoria” fame also only get just one song in the Semi’s for Dolly Style, perhaps it’s a really… Read more »

Hebbuzz
Hebbuzz
4 years ago

Panetoz,

As I would like something different from Sweden, not the predictable copy-paste sh*tload we usually get in MF-semi’s in the last 5 years.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

In case anyone is wondering, the order of the artists above is not the running order – it’s just the order they were introduced at the press conference. The actual running order will be confirmed in 2016.

martin
martin
4 years ago

Right now gonna call that Molly Sanden, Isa or Ace Wilder will win.

Lars Olsen
Lars Olsen
4 years ago

Molly Sanden for the win !!!!!!!!!

escaus
escaus
4 years ago

No Timoteij, how sad

DR
DR
4 years ago

I never get my head around David Lindgren. He’s like a preppy guy trying to copy Eric Saade and Danny Saucedo. And won’t let go of his suit attire like his tie, and waistcoat.
It is definitely girl power this year. I think I could be Molly P.H, or Ace. But the women are coming in fighting.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

This is a really decent line-up. Plenty of strong female singers to make this a good “girl” year. And a decent selection of Melfest legends as well as some new arrivals. And a good mix of genres – I feel most at ease when there’s at least one rock band in Melfest. 🙂

Also – The Family (the team who wrote “Heroes”) seem to have been super busy this year. Their names were everywhere!

Antranig Shokayan
Editor
4 years ago

Semi Final 2 is intense – Krista vs MPH vs Isa… Don’t know who to cheer for!

MTD
MTD
4 years ago

So, lets see who Bjorkman wants as a winner:

Ace Wilder
David Lingren (not really sure, though)
Isa
Molly Sanden

Sweden, you have told what to vote. Vote, NOW! (in February, actually).

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

Ace!!!!

Mario = Legend
Mario = Legend
4 years ago

Isa, Molly Petterson-Hammar and Krista in one semi final?! Whoooop. 🙂

random.sage2.5
random.sage2.5
4 years ago

Ace Wilder is BAAACK!

Now I’m waiting for Dolly Style, Isa, Anton Elwald, & YOHIO (if he isn’t upset about that Jpop vs Kpop comment he made).

1 down, 4 to go!